Who do I contact if I feel my child will benefit from a Provincial Demonstration School?
One of the first things you will want to do is set up a meeting with your child’s school team. Your child’s team should include; resource teacher, principal, and any other board staff (social worker, occupational therapist, or speech language). As the team leader you can request that the team starts putting in place the required documents need for the application process.
The second step is to contact and set up a meeting with the demonstration school support service staff. Your child’s resource teacher should make these arrangements. The support service staff will guide you and the resource teacher through the application process. They will suggest strategies and accommodations that could be applied and benefit your child.
It is important to remember that the best interest of the child is what is going to drive this process. Your child is intelligent or they would never have been diagnosed with a learning disability. If you are not confident in your own ability to advocate for your child ask for help. There are many individuals and organizations (LDAO, Dyslexia Ontario) that will assist you in seeing your child reach his/her full potential.
If your child has exhausted all school programs / resources and is not advancing academically, then you should consider applying to a demonstration school. The school staff should welcome the opportunity to see a child succeed and work with you in this endeavor.